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Our Faculty

Our evolving history continues.   In  2012 we welcomed Mrs. Mary Rehfield as the new principal.  Mrs. Rehfield most recently served as principal of Saints Faith, Hope, and Charity School in Winnetka, Illinois. She had served there since 2004. For the five years previous, Mrs. Rehfield was principal of St. Joseph School in Addison, Illinois. The foundation for these leadership roles was years of firsthand teaching experience in grades first, third, and fourth, both in Chicago and Houston. She has walked in the shoes of her faculty. Mary has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and Master's Degrees in Administration and Curriculum and in Interdisciplinary Instruction.


Mrs. Rehfield describes her position of leadership as comprised of two components: spiritual development, instruction and curriculum. She will be deeply involved not only in the development of exciting curriculum with her staff and faculty, but also in the practical application and execution of that curriculum. It is not unusual to observe Mrs. Rehfield spending an entire day moving from classroom to classroom experiencing the impact of a planned curriculum on the lives of the children. "There is nothing more gratifying than seeing the knowledge we are attempting to impart come alive in the eyes of our children," said Mrs. Rehfield. "Our curriculum is only as good as the degree to which it connects with and impacts our kids."

Mrs. Rehfield was inspired to become a teacher because; "I was the quiet polite student until fourth grade when I realized my teacher didn't like what she was doing.  I promised myself to never make children feel the way she made me, and my classmates, feel so I became an educator."
Why St. Raphael
St. Raphael Catholic School is often referred to as a community.  A community of strength, faith, knowledge, and passion for our beliefs.  This core foundation is what the school and families are trying to instill in the children.  Being part of the St. Raphael community is what makes this school special.  The talented, caring, highly skilled, and dedicated faculty are exceptional and it is also what sets us apart.

When the Diocese of Joliet and the State of Illinois evaluated St. Raphael School they said, "The faculty is exceptional.  All staff is state certified and many teachers have masters degrees and beyond.  The faculty also includes many auxiliary staff including resource teachers, teaching assistants, and a school counselor. All teachers use techniques that are varied and effective.  The longevity of service of the faculty and staff reflects dedication to the school and to their ministry."
Why Education

Mrs. Adelynn Bartelt, "I chose education because of my passion for learning. I feel the learning process never ends. It is remarkable to watch students develop strategies and solve problems in every subject and I am here to guide them as they attain their goals. Their enthusiasm for knowledge keeps us focused on the task at hand. I chose St. Raphael for the same reason I chose to send my own children here - dedication to academics and spirituality."

Mrs. Mary Beth Boland, "We all remember teachers that left a profound and lasting impression on us. These teachers made learning interesting and fun using lively discussion and hands-on activities. Every day, I want to ignite the spark for learning in our students. Educating our children is one of the most important functions in our culture and I want to be a part of it."

Why Education

Mrs. Diane Cook,  "My dad inspired me to become a Physical Education Teacher. He was a teacher, a coach, and an Athletic Director. I followed in his footsteps and did the same. Nobody can take your education. We are all students in life forever learning about ourselves and our world. I am St. Raphael School. Growing up and attending St. Raphael, I thought everybody was a Catholic. I have invested my entire life to the school, and the parish. My children attended St. Raphael where I was their Physical Education teacher, coach, and role model. I have met so many people, and have friendships that will last my lifetime. I am passionate about St. Raphael. To quote a former student, my son, 'she educates students mentally and physically through various instruments of learning.' "

Why Education

Mrs. Nicole Lacy, "I love working with the kids and watching them grow."

Mrs. Julie Lewis, "I discovered the joy of teaching while working as a childbirth educator and as a volunteer Art Awareness instructor. I find teaching very fulfilling. I love sharing knowledge and the look students get in their eyes when they finally understand a concept or are really excited about what they are learning."

Mrs. Lauri Riggen, "I chose education because I wanted to help children learn and to make an impact on their lives. I enjoy working with students and watching them grow."

Mrs. Laura Saros, "A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank...but the world may be a better place because I made a difference in the life of a child. By Forest Witcraft"

Mrs. Kathy Tierney, "To make a difference in children's lives."

Mrs. Jennifer Timmons, "I chose education because it felt natural to me. I was raised in my mother's home day care. I was always around children. As I grew up I would run a summer school for the kids. Making this a career choice just seems like a natural outcome of my upbringing."